The celebrity chef discussed how he learned to cook as a way to get dates in college, “Me and food started getting together in college when I found that I could not get girls to go out with me if I asked them out to dinner, but if I offered to cook for them, they were curious.”
Alton talked about what defines a ‘real’ chef, and why many true chefs have moved into television but have never forgotten that their primary focus is to feed people. He also discussed how he transformed his eating habits, and his body, resulting in a 50 pound weight loss.
Alton wrapped up his interview by answering social media questions from some of his biggest fans – including the most unusual pizza toppings he has used on tour, his approach to cooking and whether his popular show, “Good Eats” will return to television, “All I’m going to say is that I am working on a digital project that will make ‘Good Eats’ fans very happy.”
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“Most people do not taste their food. They don’t. They wolf.”
“Great cooks have the ability to change or transform the way that people think about food.”
“We did between three and six hundred pages of research for every episode.” — on the stress of making “Good Eats”
“The era of the instructional or educational culinary show was, frankly, coming to an end in primetime. The primetime culinary shows were all going to go towards competition and reality. So I was tired of it and I would rather put it out to pasture than be canceled.” — on why he ended the show after crossing the 250 episode mark
“I was raised that when somebody gives you food, you say, ‘Thank you.’ ” — on his aversion to criticizing food
“My dream job would be to host ‘Jeopardy!’ but Alex Trebek will never die.” — on loving game shows
“I’ll eat at Chick-fil-A once every couple of weeks.” — on the only fast food place he’ll eat at
“To me, ‘organic’ means nothing anymore. It’s a marketing term.”
“I haven’t seen a candidate worth supporting since I was old enough to vote.” — on not supporting most political candidates
“A real chef, in my estimation, always has a certain amount of humility about them because they are driven greatly by serving people. […] They are hardwired to derive meaning from that exchange.”
“I try to cook every day.”
“I don’t want to go to restaurants where chefs act like they’re churches built to their cleverness. I just want honest food.”
“If I have to be in a restaurant for four hours, there better be a movie and a massage.”
“I’m a pretty good pilot. […] I have a Cessna 414A.” — on a little-known fact about himself
Find Alton Brown Cookbooks and Good Eats DVDs on Amazon.